It is distinctive and significant for a number of reasons:
- As far as we are aware, it is the first primary programme of its kind that provides an in-depth exploration of the application of cognitive psychology to the primary classroom by a practicing primary specialist.
- Clare Sealy - the Headteacher we have commissioned to design and deliver the programme for DTSA, ECTSA and SWTSA (TSSW) - is an expert in this field. She writes excellent articles on the subject - see blog www.primarytimery.com - and her articles are on the Ofsted inspectors' reading lists.
- Equally important, Clare is a highly effective headteacher, with a very positive recent Ofsted Report (July 2018) for the St Matthias Primary School in Tower Hamlets (click HERE to read).
- It is increasingly recognised that understanding how memory works is essential to how we approach teaching, learning and curriculum design, especially with a focus on a knowledge-rich curricula.
- Ofsted are making strong signals about the importance of this. We know in their September training to inspectors, they focused on the importance of schools understanding how long-term memory works. While we do not know the details of the new Inspection Framework, this could well be an important feature.
- The programme is delivered over three days: this is because we are committed to professional development that has a long-term, deep impact on practice